Fog delays balloon rides in Cappadocia, Turkey


Hot air balloon tour operators in the historic Cappadocia region of central Turkey have had to postpone their tours due to thick fog.

Cappadocia, famous for its historical, cultural and natural richness, valleys and “fairy chimneys”, was covered in thick fog on Monday morning.

The level of visibility in some areas decreased to 50 meters due to the fog, as the historical churches and monasteries carved into the rocks and the natural rock formations formed unique images under the fog.


Cappadocia is the center of hot air ballooning in the world due to the largest number of balloon flights throughout the year.

Cappadocia is characterized by one of the most unusual and beautiful landscapes in the world and has been classified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site.

The region is most famous for its “fairy chimneys” or “devil’s tables”, which are stones in the form of columns topped with rocks that look like mushrooms and formed naturally as a result of the influence of winds and weather factors on the volcanic rocks that abound in the region.